Somewhere the one who made us all, laughs at the peculiarities we each have. I just don’t like tapioca pudding, I think it feels like you’re eating fish eyes. That’s just how I roll. But I understand other people love tapioca. And so it is in Nova Scotia; there is just so much to do there that somethings just won’t be your cup of tea, but I’d never want to deny the next guy the opportunity to live it and love it, especially if he/she arrives on Nova Star!
This is the final installment in my 3 part series of stuff to do in Nova Scotia. This page is dedicated to stuff I continue to take a pass on, so personal snapshots of these specific activities are few.
You don’t have to share my taste to share my love of Nova Scotia.
Read all three installments and let me know what I missed.
1. Golf World renowned courses await those of you who like to hit a ball as far away from yourself as possible and then go chase it. Forbes Magazine identified two Nova Scotia courses in its 2013 article “5 Great New Golf Course Resorts You Need to Know” (Cabot Links rated 82 in Golf Magazine’s list of the Top 100 Courses in the World, and nearby Highland Links). Follow this link for more info on six of Nova Scotia’s fabulous courses. http://vacay.ca/2012/04/nova-scotias-6-most-intriguing-golf-courses/
2. Scotch (and other hard liquor) I attended a very enjoyable and informative scotch tasting and learned that in the US we seek out the single malts, and yet some connoisseurs prefer the artistry of the blend. I did not acquire the taste for either during my virgin foray into brown liquors, and in fact may have felt a few brain cells shut down shop during the experience but Nova Scotia is distilling some fine spirits that others should try. http://www.glenoradistillery.com/distillery.htm, http://www.ironworksdistillery.com/company
3. Beer There are more pubs per capita in Halifax (Provincial capital) than in any other city in Canada perhaps because there are 6 colleges in the town and the fact that the legal drinking age is 19. Some of the beer joints have the greatest foods! August 8-9 Check out the Halifax Seaport Beerfest Atlantic Canada’s largest gathering of craft beer, imports & cider! http://seaportbeerfest.com/ or read the Local Traveler NS complete list of craft breweries. http://thelocaltravelerns.com/2014/01/15/complete-list-of-craft-breweries-in-nova-sco Nova Scotia is very serious about its brews.
4. Motorcycling in NS including Wharf Rat Rally in Digby http://www.motorcycletourguidens.com/2014-rallies-and-events I’ve only been on a motorcycle once in my life. I may have screamed we were going too fast a few times before getting out of the driveway. I wasn’t invited back, and I never asked. But if motorcycles are your thing, you are in excellent company. In Nova Scotia there are rallies, great touring opportunities and a culture that welcomes you throughout the province. This year marks the 10th Annual Wharf Rat Rally August 27-31, a rally identified as “Canada’s Largest Multi-day Rally by Biker TV” http://www.wharfratrally.com/
5. Ziplining http://www.anchorsabovezipline.ca/ Really high, really fast, and amazing trees flying by in a blur. What’s not to love? Call me a chicken because this chicken don’t fly.
6. Fishing http://novascotia.ca/fish/programs-and-services/industry-support-services/inland-fisheries/sportfishing-guides/ I used to fish with my dad, until I got kind of sad about the fish and kept trying to set them free despite the fact that I like fish for dinner. But my unstoppable habit of befriending and naming all living creatures makes this sport better for others. Nova Scotia has legendary fishing options.
7. Surfing – Day or Night http://www.lowpressure.co.uk/surftravelplanner/region.aspx?region=271 This group kind of lost me when they reported the days of hurricane season that make for the best rides. Oh and that there is night surfing because the waves “get large” at night.
8. Genealogy http://www.novascotia.com/see-do/attractions/genealogy http://nsgna.ednet.ns.ca/ I prefer making history to reading about it. But that’s just me. I did read once though I can’t remember where that at one point 30% of all people in the Boston area had roots in Nova Scotia. Check out ancestry.com and come on up for a family reunion, even if you’re not blood related, you’ll be treated like a family member (a good one).
9. Camping Here’s a list of NS’ top 25 camping locations http://www.novascotia.com/explore/top-25/camping Considering the gorgeous landscapes and different terrains and views, I understand why people want to be outside in Nova Scotia, but for me once the sun sinks below the horizon, I want to be inside at night in a sumptuous bed with an en-suite bath and perhaps WIFI. But don’t let that stop you from exploring nature on a more personal level. It really is gorgeous out there.
10. Learn to Play the Bagpipes in PEI but you can get there from Nova Scotia http://www.collegeofpiping.com/summer.php. The noise frightens my rabbits so I couldn’t take home what I learned. But you all are welcome to try this at home especially after a few Pipe, Drum, and Dance camps this summer.
11. Mountain Biking. Helmets aren’t my best look so I forego Mountain Biking. But there are myriad trails throughout Nova Scotia to suit the folks less interested in fashion than an opportunity for adventure. http://trails.mtbr.com/cat/trails-around-the-world/canada-trails/trails-canada-nova-scotia/pls_4527crx.aspx
I think I pretty much love everything else there is to do in Nova Scotia, with a ratio of 11 (not too keen on activities) to a million (things I’d love to do), I’ll be back, and often.
(c) 2014 Text and images by Alison Colby-Campbell
http://www.zoedamato.com/ watch the videos on History about Louisbourg Park, Wine Time on the fabulous Nova Scotia Vineyards, Artsy Halifax.
(c)2014 by Alison Colby-Campbell